Global DBA Programme (Professional Doctorate)

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Professional Doctorate

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4 years

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About Global DBA Programme at emlyon business school

The Global DBA is a professional practice Doctorate for developing impactful scholars and early makers. Individualized learning pathways help you advance with your research and transform your vision and organization.

Excellent Research Environment

Emlyon’s research active faculty (both in terms of scholarly production and diffusion of knowledge) is the key asset for sustaining an excellent research environment for the Global DBA program to flourish through impactful team supervisions and strong ongoing ties with private, public and community supported organizations. Our long standing reputation for doctoral studies and triple-crown institutional accreditations combined with our active participation in all major standard setting bodies are clear signals of our ongoing commitment for continuous quality enhancement and making an impact in our scholarly, professional and policy related communities. We continue to provide leadership to such influential European and global organizations as the EDAMBA and EFMD EQUAL.

Individualized Learning Pathways

Our Global DBA program is specifically designed for part time study. When multiple competing priorities are the norm and reflective practitioners can combine periods of intense study, with demanding careers and work life balance. You will sign in the beginning of your Global DBA a tailor made individual learning agreement to suit your needs and make progress in your own pace according to clearly defined and measurable learning goals and objectives. A typical structure towards completion of the Global DBA is 2 years of stage 1 - research training and workshops, followed by 2 years of stage 2 - research and writing up of your thesis, or three research publications. Early completion is highly encouraged based on the merit of the Global DBA work done according to your learning contract and annual reviews of progress (minimum 2 years); as much as we can accommodate periods of taking time off, for professional or personal reasons to ensure a successful outcome for your doctoral project (maximum 7 years).

Multiple Career Progression Paths

Our Global DBA enables multiple career progression paths as talented people today often within one career span they can move back and forth from industry and consulting to scholarly communities, while maintaining multiple affiliations and memberships in different professional communities. In particular, we encourage applicants to develop a rich intellectual, social and reputational capital by developing critical thinking and complex intellectual identities by becoming scholars / teachers and making a difference in real world organizations and communities with regard to policy and practice.

Global Impact

Our Global DBA program targets rigorous and relevant outcomes that transcend all kinds of boundaries (geographical, institutional, cultural and disciplinary) and impact a broad set of stakeholders, including businesses, government and community supported organizations, as well as policies and practices that may impact societies at large. Our Global DBA candidates may open new vistas at academic and industrial spaces as well as open up wider perspectives of transnational and international spaces for delivering cutting edge leading research in and beyond the European space, in partnership with leading institutions in other parts of the world, contributing to global growth, innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable future.

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  • The awardProfessional DoctorateHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
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What students think about emlyon business school

    Zsofia K. from Hungary- 2nd year student of the MSc in Management - European Triple Degree - Grande Ecole (Class of 2013-2015)

    Testimonial from Zsofia K. from Hungary- 2nd year student of the MSc in Management - European Triple Degree - Grande Ecole (Class of 2013-2015), student at emlyon business school

    I chose emlyon business school because of the MSc in Management - European Triple Degree. This programme is truly unique because you are part of an inspiring, open-minded and adventurous international community. You also benefit from the strengths of 3 renowned business schools in Europe. The change of pace in the courses teaches you to be flexible and you have the opportunity to experience all this in some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
    The biggest highlight of this degree has been the people I met in our cohort. Each classmate has their own unique background, stories and ideas for the future. This atmosphere is incredibly dynamic and inspiring. Moreover, the fact that 18 countries are represented gives an authentic base to discussions about global issues during class. Another highlight is the city of Lyon with its cultural life, huge parks, delicious restaurants and unique location close to the mountains and the sea.

    Discover more here!

    Morgane H. and Tifenn A. (France), Global Entrepreneurship Program 2012-2013

    Morgane Hillen and Tifenn Acher, two program graduates recently launched their own start-up – Achhill’s Gluten Free, a wholesale company specialized in gluten and lactose free products.

    In our company, we do a lot of presentations and we have to convince many people about our project and how it can work. These presentation skills are very important and before studying in the Global Entrepreneurship Program, we would never have been able to do that… During the year, our fear of setting up a business became smaller and smaller and at some point, it disappeared. This is something we owe to the program.

    Discover more Success Stories here!

    Sharan M. (India) - MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing - 2011-2012

    Testimonial from Sharan M. (India) - MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing - 2011-2012, student at emlyon business school

    His experience within the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing allowed him to not only gain valuable academic knowledge in three countries but it also provided him with the opportunity to meet key players of the Luxury Industry.

    “Today, I can tell you that the luxury environment helps in pushing boundaries. This can be found across both the vertical and horizontal scope of work in the luxury industry. Of course, there are challenges since the luxury industry is new to the digital world and companies are cautious as to how it affects their business practices. The reason why I believe that the luxury industry is about going beyond the required is for the primary reason why I admire that quote by Luca Montezemolo, President of Ferrari, "We don't sell a car but we sell a dream."


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